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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Floral Mickey

posted on November 26th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Main Street Station and its iconic floral depiction of Mickey Mouse have become one of the most photographed locations in the world, as millions of guests over six decades have captured their first Disney Parks memory entering Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom.

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But less than a week before opening day, the floral in “floral Mickey” had yet to materialize. Horticulturalist Jack Evans received a memo dated July 11, 1955, from Joe Fowler which read, “When are you going to plant Mickey Mouse in the entrance? Looks to me like the time is getting pretty late.”

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As you probably know, “Mickey” was planted in time for the big day and he’s been in full bloom every day since.

Check back for more “construction updates” soon.


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Entrance

posted on November 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The Main Entrance turnstiles are where most guests begin their visit to Disneyland park – exclusively so until the Disneyland Monorail extended its track to the Disneyland Hotel in 1961.

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As this photo shows, construction of the park was well underway by the time the Main Entrance turnstiles were built.

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One month later, only days before opening day, the turnstiles were completed. A lot of progress was also made at Main Street Station and on the “floral Mickey” designed to greet guests upon their arrival into the park.

Check back for “construction updates” soon!


Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:

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    Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park

    posted on October 27th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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    Today I’m introducing a new photo series on the construction of Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom, Disneyland park. The photos we’ll be sharing over the next several months capture the dawn of a new kind of family entertainment as dedicated, talented artists create a happy place, as Walt described it, “where parents and children can have fun, together.”

    A year before the park was to open, Walt made a deal with the ABC television network that included production of a new weekly anthology series where Walt himself could give updates on his special project. On October 27, 1954, he unveiled his plans to a national television audience during the debut episode of this new television show, appropriately titled, “Disneyland.”

    “Mickey and I started out, the first time, many, many years ago,” Walt said. “We’ve had a lot of our dreams come true. Now we want you to share with us our latest and greatest dream.”

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    “That’s it, right here. ‘Disneyland’ … we hope that it will be unlike anything else on this Earth … a place of hopes and dreams, facts and fancy, all in one.”

    “Next year, our television show will be coming from this ‘Disneyland,’ but this year, we want you to see and share with us the experience of building this dream into a reality.”

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    In that spirit, here’s a rare photo of the site Walt selected. As you can see, orange groves were still very much a part of Anaheim in 1954. The original site was made up of parcels owned by 17 different people.

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    In just a few short months, excavation of the site was complete and the first Disney park was beginning to take shape.

    Check back for “construction updates” soon.

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    Help Decide the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past (Almost) 60 Years

    posted on October 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    The time has finally arrived to choose the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years! For the last few months, you have submitted your memories and voted on the top selections from each of the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – all to decide who will win the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Well, today is the day to choose, and we’re putting the power in your hands!

    Here are the finalists – the top photos from each decade:

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    From the 1950s – @RizzosCookies: 1955 Disneyland opening week. Cousins w/ Mr. Walt Disney @Disneyland fire station

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    From the 1960s – @KrazyKevinWolff: My dad, uncles, & grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late ’60s.

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    From the 1970s – @eilonwey28: 1970′s Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. – taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday.

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    From the 1980s – @kerinjmb: Throwback Thursday to Disneyland circa 1988

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    From the 1990s – @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic’s first visit to Disney. I always thought this pic should be a postcard. I miss these days! This pic makes me #happy

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    From the 2000s – @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to think, it all started because of a mouse! 2014

    Vote now!

    Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29. We will announce the grand prize winner soon after, so stay tuned!

    For complete rules, click here.

    No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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    Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 2000s

    posted on October 16th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to vote for your favorite Disneyland memories from each decade of the past 60 years, and today we’ve finally made it to the 2000s! We asked for your photos from 2000 all the way to today, and we’ve narrowed down the submissions to the photos below. Help us get ready for next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and decide which will win!

    Here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 2000s:

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    From @juliamarino11: Heel clicking with tigger :) summer 2014!

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    From @AdamXMedina: 2012, What better way to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary than with a diamond?

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    From @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to think, it all started because of a mouse! 2014

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    From @stayceyoung: ‪@disneyland 2000′s – The inaugural Disneyland 10k was so much fun!

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    From @ecamagna: Jessie’s biggest fan! February 2014

    So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

    Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 23, we will show you the winners from each decade, which you have voted for over the past few weeks! Starting next Thursday, you will have the chance to vote for the Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

    For complete rules, click here.

    No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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    ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary by Joining the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

    posted on October 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest running prime time entertainment show in ABC history, celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year! To mark this occasion, the show is joining in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – our 60th anniversary celebration – with a special prize. Here’s Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron with a hint for Disney Parks Blog readers!

    So don’t miss this celebratory season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” premiering this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7|6c.

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    Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1990s

    posted on October 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    Don’t put away those neon T-shirts and that hairspray just yet – it’s time to vote for your favorite Disneyland Resort memory from the 1990s! As we look forward to next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re continuing the voting for the top memory from each decade of the past 60 years. We asked you to submit your most magical Disneyland Resort memories, and now we’re narrowing down the submissions to decide which will win!

    Here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1990s:

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    From @StarrFae: me and my favorite coaster growing up in the 90′s

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    From @nicole77brady: Family vacation 1996 Making family memories at our favorite place with our favorite mouse.

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    From @nic_alodeon: 1990s Disneyland. Circa 93!

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    From @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic’s first visit to Disney. I always thought this pic should be a postcard. I miss these days! This pic makes me #happy

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    From @malloryhicks: Fun time in the Disneyland tea cups. #1999

    So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

    Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15. Be sure to check back Thursday, Oct. 16, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 2000s to today.

    Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

    For complete rules, click here.

    No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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    Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1980s

    posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    Okay, fellow ‘80s kids! Today is the day to vote for your favorite, totally rad photo from the 1980s! We’ve been voting for the top Disneyland Resort memory from each decade of the past 60 years, and today it is time to go back to the 1980s. As we prepare for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we asked you to submit your most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Now we continue narrowing down the submissions to decide which will win!

    Here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1980s:

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    From @amii91581: 80s cousins with Goofy

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    From @kerinjmb: Throwback Thursday to Disneyland circa 1988

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    From @KimaFoster:1980′s

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    From @heidir313: 1985

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    From @bjjlawson: With my dad @ Autopia circa 1989.

    So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

    Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 8. Be sure to check back Thursday, October 9, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1990s.

    Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

    For complete rules, click here.

    No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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    Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1970s

    posted on September 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


    To continue the voting for the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years, we’re moving on now to the 1970s! In preparing for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we asked you to submit your most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Now we’re narrowing down the submissions to decide which will win!

    And here are the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1970s:

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    From @rBc5FNoura: 70′s decade! Me and my little brother in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

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    From @eilonwey28: 1970′s Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. – taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday.

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    From @rdpMW9qguY: 1974 standing in front of Main Street.

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    From @rvxaOmLOX6: 1974 Grad Nite

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    From @sIV4quTHq4

    So, which is your favorite? Vote now!

    Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 1. Be sure to check back Thursday, October 2, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1980s.

    Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

    For complete rules, click here.

    No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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    Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    posted on September 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


    The 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this weekend and we shared a few stories on the Disney Parks Blog to help during your visit, including Pam’s post featuring the top ten “must-try” new tastes at this year’s event.

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    There are 35 new food offerings this year and Pam recommended 10 to look forward to tasting. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there’s the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled “Yard Bird” (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. The Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace also made the list. Go check out the complete list.

    @r-g3nrQa5r: Enjoying Disneyland in the late 1960's - A Captured Memory with Minnie! @KrazyKevinWolff: My Dad, Uncles, & Grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late '60s. @rOsRMEpzHS: My Sister and I Excited to Hold Pinnochio's Hand at Disneyland in the 60s. @q7xs4LofoF: Me and My Mom on Burro (and Horse?) Ride in Frontierland, 1964. Maybe This is Why I Hate Hats? ;) @qopsCOPAn-: I Love This Picture of Me and My Brother and Sisters, Think This is Around '1969' Always Loved This Photo, Look at My Trendy Haircut I'm on Mickeys Left with the Pin Curl Sideburns and Sunglasses on My Head 'So Cool' and Talk About Nostalgic Mickey Mouse! Enjoy!

    And as you know, to get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re looking for the most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Erin has narrowed down the photo submissions for the 1960s and is now asking for your help to decide which will win. Visit Erin’s story this weekend and let us know your favorite.

    Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week

    Fodor’s Travel Names Aulani a Top Hotel – Read more about this distinguished award, and plan your “Beach Getaway” to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

    ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27 – Every great story must have a great ending – it’s time to bid farewell to ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ at Disneyland park. Be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge before September 27.

    #DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch some first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences at Magic Kingdom Park!

    Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort – Take a first look at some of the delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

    Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort – Get a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort for Halloween.

    Learn to Draw Grumpy from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Watch as Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives a quick tutorial on how to draw the perfect grump!

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